Sometimes when I'm making bee blocks or other scrappy projects I'm too lazy to use my scraps. I open the scrap drawer and then get frustrated when the fabric I pull is too small for the project. This is my way to quickly go through my drawer and pull out what works.
This is the back to my Supernova quilt; I created a colorful strip of Corn & Beans using only scraps.
I have a selection of cardstock templates in sizes that are commonly used in quilting. When I get new Sizzix dies, I take them out of the package and die cut the shapes and then label them with the size and die number. This is the 3.5" square die. I sit by my drawer, pull pieces of fabric out and simply see if it covers the paper template. It's then easy to make a pile that I know will work, and then do all my cutting.
The larger the piece, the harder it is to find scraps that are big enough. If I didn't have the paper template for this HST, it's likely I would have avoided the scraps and just pulled fabric from the yardage on my shelves.
Easy peasy, if not a little nerdy. :) The paper templates are also a good visual reminder of all the various dies I have, and I can play with them like a jigsaw puzzle to discover new combinations.
Quilt backs have become become fun for me, and I almost always create some sort of strip to go between the larger pieces, using the rule of thirds. I'll be able to share the final Supernova soon — there's just a bit more binding to do!